Earlier this month, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law comprehensive sentencing reform legislation. It's projected to save the state tens of millions of dollars in correctional spending. But upfront costs to put the new law in place may result in a backlog of cases for the the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
After months of debate, the proposal to overhaul Georgia's criminal justice system is headed to a vote in the state House, perhaps as early as Wednesday. The legislation, which aims to balance public safety with more cost-effective ways to deal with the state's non-violent offenders, quickly cleared the joint legislative panel on the issue on Tuesday.
State House Speaker David Ralston says lawmakers could take up criminal sentencing reform in next year’s legislative session. The issue was one of several Ralston named at a legislative preview Wednesday in Gwinnett County.